Determining Housing Assignments
There are several factors we take into consideration when determining student housing assignments: necessary disability accommodations, the date the housing application was submitted, the date of the non-refundable housing deposit was submitted, and personal preferences on the housing application.
Although we make every effort to assign students to a permanent room before their arrival, we reserve the right to move a resident once room assignments have been made. Residents are generally assigned to a building based on which cohort group (First Year, Transfer, Returning) listed below they are part of; although we reserve the right to place a student in any available bed.
Residence Life is supportive of all students including those who identify as transgender and those with a gender identity that is not traditionally associated with their birth sex. Housing assignments will be made on the basis of gender with which the student currently identifies. Current and incoming students with concerns relating to their gender identify/expression are urged to speak to Residence Life staff so we can assist the student in navigating their housing options.
First-year students generally reside at our 55th Street Residence Hall. Room assignments are generated randomly and your roommate group size does not determine your apartment size. In years with a large incoming class, we may need to place first-year students at a different location.
Transfer students are assigned to either 55th Street or Cooper Square depending on available space. We do our best to keep transfer students in rooms together so their roommates are other transfer students, but at times transfers may be placed with returning MMC students or first-year students.
For returning students, we must receive both a housing application and the $500 non-refundable housing deposit to consider an application complete. The Office of Residence Life will not be performing Fall Housing Selection for the Fall 2020 semester.
For the Fall 2020 semester, students will be placed into single occupancy bedrooms for purposes of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most students will be matched to a roommate assignment by the Office of Residence Life. We strive to match students on as many of their preferences from their housing application as possible. Students who would like to select their own roommate have the option to do so by requesting a “Roommate Group” on their housing application. While we cannot guarantee roommate matches, we do try to accommodate roommate requests whenever possible.
To select a Roommate Group:
- Select your Roommate Group via MMC Residence, by either inputting a roommate code or finding a match the Residence website.
- You will not be able to share roommate codes to request roommate groups until each student has been “approved” for housing—meaning each student must submit their housing application and their housing deposit.
Please note the following regarding Roommate Group requests:
- For this semester, all bedrooms will be single occupancy, so a “roommate group” applies to another bedroom in your apartment.
- Matches must be mutual and requested by both parties to be approved.
- Roommate groups can only be created with a maximum of two individuals (yourself and one other person). If you would like to live in a 3-bedroom apartment at Cooper Square, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, July 23 to be considered for approval.
- Roommate groups can only be matched with “like” student cohorts: first-year, transfer, or continuing.
- For students who would like to be in mixed gender roommate groups, both students need to agree to gender neutral housing. We cannot verify that all students who are in a group have signed up for gender neutral housing before housing assignments are sent out. If you did not opt-in to gender neutral housing, you can change your preferences within MMC Residence.
Students will receive roommate information for the fall semester in early August. Most students will be tempted to look up their roommates on social media, and while we understand the desire to get to know everything about new roommates, we suggest students call and talk to their new roommates first instead. Social media can be a poor representation of who a person is; talking is much better! Please note that the College will not make room changes based on information from online communities, nor for any reasons that are discriminatory in nature.
If you require any type of disability accommodation (including, but not limited to: a de-lofted bed, an assistance animal, a small occupancy room), please be in touch with the Office of Disability Services to register and request an accommodation. Requests should be made at the same time as the housing application is submitted. Please note that MMC may not offer single rooms in future semesters.
Gender Neutral Housing
At Marymount Manhattan College we seek to create a residential experience that is inclusive of all gender identities and gender expressions. We understand that living in a residence hall where room assignments are based on one’s sex isn’t comfortable or desirable for some students. Out of our deep respect for the uniqueness and validity of the self-perceptions of each of our students, we offer gender-inclusive housing options for all residents.
Please note the following regarding Gender Neutral Housing:
- Students must OPT IN to participate; if you are interested in gender neutral housing, you are open to living with a person of any gender.
- If you are under 18, you will need your parent’s permission to participate. We encourage all students to share their decision with their family.
- You may select your own roommates. All requests must be mutual, and be submitted by the deadline.
- If you sign up for gender neutral housing and don’t have a roommate request, we will match you based on your application preferences.
- In the event that your roommate moves out mid-year, another student may be placed into your room who has also opted-in to gender neutral housing.
- Please understand that individuals are not placed into gender neutral rooms based on sex.
Traditional, same-sex room assignments are not always comfortable or appropriate for all students. As we strive to create an inclusive and safe residential experience, offering gender-neutral housing both accommodates and respects the complexities of gender identity. It also demonstrates our belief that every student matters.
Living With an RA
Although Resident Advisors (RAs) are able to select their roommates, it’s possible that any student may be placed with a Resident Advisor, particularly returning students who elect to live at 55th Street.
As a roommate of an RA, please note the following:
- The RA is expected to be available to their residents, so you may expect knocks on the door often. If the RA is not home when a student knocks, you should be kind in letting the resident know the RA is not available and take a message so that the RA may address the resident’s concern.
- RA apartments are also required to be tour rooms. It is expected that you maintain a tidy room for tours.
- The RA may need to have meetings with a resident inside the suite, and your cooperation and discretion is appreciated.
MMC is not a nut-free community, but if you would like to be matched with a nut-free roommate, please indicate this on your housing application. We cannot guarantee a nut-free room, but will do our best to accommodate your request.